FIRST THINGS FIRST- Covey’s Success Habit
for Support Small Business Owners
First Things First initially appeared in a grand way when, the late and great Stephen R. Covey published his book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People in 1989.
The business sector embraced the wisdom of this book because it gave them clues to improve Business Performance. More importantly, this book guided humans to perform better as human beings.
Why am I sharing this with you? I was recently asked to present at an upcoming seminar and started roughing in my presentation’s framework. It was going slow. I knew I wanted something different.
Thus, I began scouring my book shelves and digital articles to find a new framework to a familiar topic. AKA: I wanted to switch up my approach.
There it was! An old teacher’s framework to amplify my message – simple perfection at its best.
Covey’s The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People:
Habit 1: Be Pro-active
Habit 2: First things First
Habit 3: Begin with the End in Mind
Habit 4: Think Win-Win
Habit 5: Seek first to Understand, Then to be Understood
Habit 6: Synergize
Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw
Volumes have been written on each one of these habits. Something magical occurred when Covey teamed them up into a solid framework for others to understand. This made applying the 7 Habits much easier for people to consistently infuse into their daily routines.
First Things First – Sheer Power for Small Business Success!
From time to time, I write about the Sequence of Success. I discuss this with each one of my clients.
It’s more relevant today than when I first discussed it. Why?
We are maxed out and overloaded with messages and actions.
This creates unnecessary confusion and mental fog.
When we take time to address what is most important and most urgent, we gain mental clarity. Our right thoughts become right actions.
Why is this a Game-Changer?
Covey says all 7 Habits are crucial to one’s success. But Habit #2 of First Things First is such a game-changer that he wrote another book exclusively dedicated to the importance of applying this habit.
When you start applying the First Things First habit to your life and business performance, improvement occurs.
Yes, you are still busy doing many things – but now you’re doing the right things.
When you take the time to slow down and discern what is most important, and take action upon, you gain traction.
You begin to build momentum on what is necessary to achieve success.
If you do this repeatedly, you are swiftly progressing in the necessary direction to get to your destination.
How? By keeping on task of doing the First Things First.
Did you notice I didn’t say after you played games or called friends or hit the gym?
Brian Tracy, another great teacher of mine wrote a book about this and added a little more flavor to it: Eat That Frog.
Click here to learn how Small Business Owners benefit from eating the biggest frog they can find each day!
Brilliant Breakthroughs Big Question:
Are you doing YOUR First Things First?
I know it sounds silly. Yet if you don’t work at this, you’ll end up lagging behind and become frustrated. Or worst yet, you’ll become overwhelmed and procrastinate.
The solution is simple: Focus on First Things First.
Action Items for Small Business Owner Success:
1. If you haven’t read Covey’s Book: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, I suggest you do it this month.
2. Then read Covey’s Book: First Things First, and make it your new way of being successful.
3. Still remember to “Dream the Impossible”, AND always do First Things First!
Why don’t you share what’s first on your list to secure YOUR Business’s Success?
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Blessings of Brilliant Success to YOU ~
Maggie Mongan, Master Business Coach & Strategist
Brilliant Breakthroughs, Inc.
Direct Dial: 262-716-7750
p.s. Slow down to notice what requires action.
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